Tag: Disability

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    Series Finale: Part 15: A New Definition of Freedom

    March 31st, 2014     by Jenny Blaser     Comments

    “You’re freeee!” In springs Shelly, clearly as excited as I am for what the day will bring. “I know! Shoshana and Leah are picking me up at 11:30am! T-minus 2 hours!” My enthusiasm is evident. Finally! It is time to go home. READ MORE

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    Hamilton event: A Celebration to Mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    November 26th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    SAVE THE DATE! The Office of Human Rights & Equity Services, The School of Social Work and the Accessibility Community of Practice invite you to: A Celebration to Mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Join us for an afternoon of arts, crafts, music, entertainment, the launch of the Accessibility Community of Practice Website and an informal meet & greet! Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 Time: 3:30pm to 6:30pm Location: CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), 3rd floor (this … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 14 - Hide and Seek Intervention

    November 7th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “Welcome back! How did it go?” Heather bounces into the room and I am reminded this is the start of a 4-day string of night shifts for her. Tonight she is wearing hot pink scrubs and her hair is pulled back into a loose ponytail. She has her staple blinding white runners on and her disingenuous smile is stuck on autopilot as per usual. She is … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 13 - This Time, Without Duct Tape

    October 30th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “Jenny! You are upright and in your chair!” The nurse at my family doctor’s office is excited to greet me and see me functioning a bit letter than the last time we saw one another - when I was twitching about on the floor of this office. “Yup, still not back to 100% … I can’t really use my left arm - I named it Scottie - … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 12 - Forever And For No Reason

    October 24th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “I can’t believe they won’t give me a day pass!” I am laying on my side, with Andrea stretching my left leg. She is my private physiotherapist, but she has been coming to the hospital to do my regular stretching routine. “Why won’t they give you one?” She shifts my leg to a different position to stretch a different muscle. “I don’t know - Alice, the nurse, said … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 11 - Friends At The Worst Of Times

    September 25th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “I-c-e-d t-e-a l-e-m-o-n-a-d-e u-n-s-w-e-e-t-e-n-e-d” I am whispering each letter to myself as I cradle my iPhone in the crook of my left elbow and poke at the screen with my right pointer finger. I glance up to see what Amanda is doing. She has been with me since last night and we are just waiting for the next person on my care team … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 10 - Adjusting Out of Necessity

    September 4th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser “Shelly, do you think this would be the same if I were a walking person? Like do you think I wouldn’t have had a test or treatment?” I look over my shoulder at Shelly who is standing behind me. She is going through the bags in my locker, looking for the one that contains my shower stuff. Shelly has an infectious smile and we always joke … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 9 - The Life Implications of Scotty

    August 28th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser I have been here for two weeks now, and the spasms and contractions that initially ravaged my entire body have definitely begun to decrease. I can use my right hand to type and manipulate objects but my torso continues to lack muscle control and my left arm has taken to floating above my head unless restrained. It has become second nature to sit on it, lie … READ MORE

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    Guest series: Part 8 - That Time I Slept on the Bathroom Floor

    August 7th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, start here. by Jenny Blaser My eyes are stinging and the tears that have been flooding my face are now simply crusted to my cheeks. I am still heaving and sobbing, even if the tears have seemingly dried up. I look around the small bathroom through squinting eyes. It’s dark. The little light that spills through cracks around the locked door is enough for me to make out the basic geography … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 7 - A Night Fit for Sleeping

    July 31st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 first. by Jenny Blaser “I have your new pain medication!” It’s not Alice this time, but Nicole. She smiles at me and uses her wrist to push up her glasses and move her long bangs out of her face in one swift movement. Her pink scrubs and the decorated stethoscope that hangs from her neck compliment her bubbly demeanor. “First, I have to … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 6 - Three Days Too Long

    July 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 first. by Jenny Blaser My time in 1217A has come to end and I am now in 1212B. The Express Admittance Unit, where I started out, was only for short term stays and it has become evident that I am going to be here for a while. With that I was relocated to the main General Internal Medicine ward. It wasn’t an … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 5 - “Best practices” on the floor

    July 10th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 first. This is a bit of a peculiar place to lie down for a thirty minute nap, or even just for a short mental break of sorts, but it is where I happened to land. The floor is beige laminate tile and I can feel the coolness of it permeating my skin and giving me a chill. I tilt my head to … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 4 - Further Adventures in Admissions and Toilets

    July 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, please read parts 1, 2 and 3 first. The interesting thing for me is that I am quickly able to become used to this newfound need for toileting assistance. A long time ago, I worked as a Support Worker with a few clients who needed similar assistance, and I understand that on the other end of things, it really is just a job. There is nothing more to it than … READ MORE

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    Event: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton

    June 24th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The Mad Hatter and the Mad Pride Hamilton Organizing Committee cordially invite you and your friends to tea. What: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton When: Saturday, July 27th from 1-5pm (tea at 1, open mic starts at 2) Where: First Pilgrim United Church / 200 Main Street East, Hamilton (wheelchair accessible) Who: All Mad people, consumer/survivors, people with lived experience or labeled with ‘mental illness’, those who experience distress/visions/voices/alternative realities/extreme states, and friends/supporters Cost: … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 3 -  Adventures in Admissions and Toilets

    June 5th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, read parts 1 and 2 first. by Jenny Blaser As I settle in to 1217A, I find myself alone for the first time. I am without a friend or support person and it is just me and Penny. The nurse, Kelly, is familiar to me from my previous admission to the unit and remembers the things I need. We get me into the bed and Penny joins me, taking up residence … READ MORE

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    Call out: Empowerment Council Youth Advocacy Project

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a young person under 25? Have you used the mental health or addiction system? We want to hear from you! The Empowerment Council conducts systemic advocacy on behalf of service users. There have been a lot of changes in the mental health system and we want to know how this is affecting youth. What have been your best and worst experiences at CAMH? What changes do you want to see? What do you want to know about your … READ MORE

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    Submit to Mad Pride Hamilton zine!

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a: -mental health consumer/survivor -person with lived experience -person who has been labelled with a “mental illness” -Mad person Do you live, work, study, use services, or spend time in Hamilton? Submit to our Mad Pride Hamilton zine! Advice, Artwork, Blog Posts, Comics, Emails, How You Celebrate, Letters, Lyrics, Photographs, Pictures, Poetry, Questions, Rants, Recommendations, Resources, Short Stories, Sketches, Tips, Visions, Wellness Tools, What Needs to Change, What You’re Proud Of, What You’ve Learned, What You Want to Know, Wish … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 2 - Of Duct Tape and Half-Lives

    May 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Read part 1 of this series here. By Jenny Blaser “Do you know how to do a two person lift?” I ask. “No,” replies the nurse with a look of fear and apprehension. “Great. Then just do that however you want,” I retort, attempting to shield my sarcasm. At this point I am laying out on the floor, spasming and twitching about without any control of my body or its movements. I am straining to speak because the spasms … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 1 - Like a Fish Out of Water on the Doctor’s Floor

    May 22nd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Jenny Blaser This is my most recent narrative. It is one that I am still living and experiencing in a number of ways. It is a story that undoubtedly will shape the person who I currently am and define how I continue to grow and live my life. I want to share it because it is a story not often told - one of disability, sickness, pain, support, and change. This is a story of … READ MORE

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    The Costs of Conforming

    December 31st, 2012     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    One of the things that continually astounds me about being disabled is just how incredibly expensive it is. Almost no matter what area of life you look at, it costs more to be disabled. While it doesn’t surprise me, it also infuriates me how little recognition there is of that fact. There is virtually no recognition that as a young disabled person, my cost of living is exponentially higher than a non-disabled person’s. Despite the fact … READ MORE

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